Dr. Sari Cohen of Insulite Laboratories' Advisory and Coaching team lends her expertise in drug-nutrient-herb interactions, carbohydrate addiction and the pathophysiology of Insulin Resistance. In addition, she provides professional guidance to individuals with insulin-related disorders. She has helped develop the company's 52-week Protocol for customers on the Insulite Systems and has co-written The Insulite Guide to Reversing Insulin Resistance and its Related Conditions, which is available exclusively to Insulite clients.
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|INTELLIGENCE REPORT: OBESITY LEAVES ALMOST 50% OF AMERICANS FACING PAINFUL OSTEOARTHRITIS
Growing obesity rates are putting nearly half the U.S population at risk of arthritis in their knees.
Known as osteoarthritis, this condition is a major source of disability, leading to soaring numbers of hospitalizations.
During their lifetime, scientists estimate that 45% of Americans of both sexes will develop knee osteoarthritis, which wears away cartilage that cushions the knee joint.
Researchers studied 3,068 people aged 45 and older in North Carolina and found obese participants had a much higher risk of osteoarthritis because of the extra weight putting additional stress on the knee joint.
While 35% of normal-weight people developed osteoarthritis of the knee, 65% of obese people developed the condition, along with 44% of overweight people.
"Simply put, people who keep their weight within the normal range are much less likely to develop symptomatic knee osteoarthritis as they get older, and thus much less likely to face the need for major surgical procedures such as knee replacement surgery," said Dr. Joanne Jordan, a member of the research team at the University of North Carolina which helped compile the new study.
There were no significant differences in osteoarthritis risk associated with sex, race or education level, she added. The findings were reported in the journal Arthritis Care and Research.
An additional report by an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed that hospitalizations due to osteoarthritis rose to 735,000 in 2006 from 322,000 in 1993, mostly due to an increase in knee replacement operations.
From 2000 to 2006, knee replacement surgery rates rose 65%, while hip replacement surgery rates rose 21%.
Also called degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It can affect any joint but most often develops in the hands, hips, knees and spine. It worsens over time and there is no cure.
Doctors may recommend joint replacements in severe cases.
|NEW RESEARCH: GROWING RISK OF DIABETES DURING PREGNANCY
Diabetes is rising at an alarming rate among pregnant women.
The incidence of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes among expectant mothers more than doubled between 1999 and 2005, according to research involving more than 175,000 women in California during the time period.
Diabetes can be a dangerous complication during pregnancy, endangering the mother and also raising the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or birth defects, said Dr. Jean M. Lawrence, lead author of the study published in the May issue of the journal Diabetes Care.
It also can lead to bigger babies and to children who are at risk of developing Diabetes and obesity later in life, she added.
Doctors believe the increase in Diabetes is a nationwide trend occurring hand-in-hand with obesity, which also carries other birth risks.
Obese women often develop high blood pressure, which can lead to pregnancy problems. Also, some birth defects, such as neural tube complications - in which the brain or spine fail to develop normally - are more common among infants born to obese moms.
Researchers partially attributed the spike in Diabetes to rising rates of obesity among younger and younger women.
Pre-existing Diabetes cases increased for all age groups in the study. But the biggest jump was in teens, where rates of the disease rose five-fold.
For women between 20 and 39 years of age, rates of Diabetes doubled. In women 40 and older, Diabetes cases rose 40%.
Getting the disease under control is crucial for women who hope to become pregnant, say experts.
Those who already have Type 2 Diabetes should ensure their disease is kept in check by with a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise which can help reverse a major cause of obesity – the imbalance of blood glucose and insulin called Insulin Resistance.
Type 1 Diabetes can't be prevented but it can be managed with diet, exercise and medications.
Women who are overweight or obese should see a doctor before becoming pregnant to make sure they don't have Diabetes, Dr. Lawrence said.
They should also try to shed some weight before becoming pregnant to reduce the risks to their babies. But women shouldn't delay getting their weight or Diabetes under control, she stressed.
"In the U.S., up to half of all pregnancies are unplanned or unintended, so young women with Diabetes shouldn't wait to become pregnant to take care of this," added Dr. Lawrence.
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|INSULITE LIFESTYLE TIPS: BELLY-DANCE TO HEALTH
Tired of aerobic dancing to hip-hop, soul or rock songs? If you are, how about trying something completely different by learning to ... belly-dance?
You will be amazed just how many parts of the body can benefit from this Middle-Eastern dance. You'll soon discover belly-dancing does the following:
- Exercises muscles without harsh impact. A belly-dancer uses her quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes to hold her steady as she performs hip movements or travels smoothly across the floor. However, even though she gets a great lower-body workout, the amount of impact to her knees and ankles is minimal. Impact is measured not only by how hard our feet strike the ground but also by how much stress is placed on our joints. Using this measure, most of Middle-Eastern dance is considered non-impact.
- Builds the back muscles evenly. Belly-dancers use their torsos a lot - much more than ballet, modern or tap dancers. Only jazz dancers come close to a similar use of rib movements and undulations. These actions, coupled with shoulder movements, exercise the back muscles evenly. Strong back muscles prevent back injuries as well as promoting good posture.
- Strengthen and tones the arms. New belly-dance students are always surprised by much they have to use their arm muscles. Belly-dancers have to hold their arms up for long periods of time and it actually takes quite a lot of strength to perform arm movements slowly and gracefully.
- Assists digestion. Belly-dancing exercises the abdominal area, not just by rolling the belly, but also by swaying the torso, which helps food move along the digestive system. Any form of exercise has this effect to some degree, but this type of dancing is especially good for digestion.
Belly-dancing is growing in popularity throughout the U.S. and many local dance studios now teach it. So why not check to see if a course in belly-dancing is available near you?
A MESSAGE FROM INSULITE LABORATORIES
This is the final edition of Viewpoints, our monthly newsletter.
To replace it, Insulite Laboratories is introducing in October a new service which involves weekly advice tips by email that will be individually tailored to your health concerns.
So if you have expressed to us a particular interest in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), for example, you will receive a weekly health tip to help better management of this condition.
Likewise, people who are concerned about Pre-Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome or Excess Weight/Obesity will also receive a weekly health tip about those conditions.
Insulite Laboratories is also soon to launch a brand new system to help achieve better management of Type 2 Diabetes and reduce the impact of this disease upon the well being of Diabetics, who are growing in huge numbers. Type 2 Diabetes will also be the subject of a weekly health tip once we launch the new system.
Also planned for the near future is another new Insulite System to help people take control of Osteoarthritis, a painful and often disabling disorder of the joints which is reaching epidemic proportions.
Keep an eye on your email inbox over the coming months for more news of these exciting developments for better health.
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Have You Been Diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? Or Do You Think You Might Have This Condition?|
If You Have, We're Here to Help You Restore Your Health
Insulite Laboratories is committed to giving you a better understanding of PCOS and a common underlying cause of the condition, namely Insulin Resistance-linked excess weight or obesity.
PCOS is a leading cause of menstrual irregularity and female infertility, as well as skin conditions like acne and brown patches, chronic fatigue and mood swings, excess facial and body hair and male pattern baldness in women.
Overweight and obese women are prone to PCOS but females of normal healthy weight and even those who are lean are also vulnerable.
PCOS can strike women of child-bearing age and those who are post-menopausal.
Despite having many or all of the classic symptoms, many women do not even know they have PCOS.
The Insulite PCOS System has been scientifically-formulated to help reverse Insulin Resistance - an imbalance of blood glucose and insulin levels.
This condition reduces insulin sensitivity, which, in turn, can be an underlying cause of the onset of PCOS. as well as the cluster of increased risk for cardiovascular disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) and Pre- and Type 2 Diabetes.
Once Insulin Resistance has been reversed, it's possible to better manage or even reverse the symptoms of PCOS.
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